10-10-2012, 07:24 PM
Re: Do you buy or tie?
3 months in to tying I can tell you
1) 100% of nymphs,midges, emergers that I use going forward are coming off my vice
2) I haven't tied a dry fly yet and dont plan on it for a while. I love dry fly fishing but unfortunately nymphing seems to produce more consistently. Dont get me wrong I drool like an idiot waiting for August to come around to go hit the streams with nothing but a BWO / EHC / Adams pattern on me.
In all candor I have right at $1000 in to this hobby and the break even financially is years down the road. I don't have time to tie, I make time. I bring the vise out to the table and tie while watching football etc.
For that $1000 however I have at least 700 hooks, at least 30 different dubbins, 20 threads, 20 wires, 7 tinsels, the vice, the tools, 2500 beads , feathers, hackles, biots. I can tie nymphs for the next 5 years before I absolutely need anything.
From a financial standpoint I can tie a dang nice durable tungsten bead head fly for 30-40 cents. Eventually there will be a financial break even point but I don't really worry about that I am enjoying the process of learning how to do it and then catching fish on what Ive tied is really cool.
"The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"
"Snap it" Hank Patterson